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The last release by Jon Spencer Blues Explosion was 2004's Damage, and the trio called it quits after that album's relatively lukewarm reception. Back in the '90s, JSBX had made a string of fearsome records that reinvented and further dirtied the blues-rock hybrid, inarguably laying the groundwork for bands like The Black Keys. Then a 2010 reunion tour convinced guitarist/frontman Spencer, drummer Russell Simins, and guitarist Judah Bauer to get back together in the studio. If you're among those wondering if the band has any spit and grit left in it, well—just give Meat and Bone a listen. It's astonishingly great. If the opening track, "Black Mold," doesn't get your blood boiling and your hips grinding, you might just throw in the towel now and type "Manilow" or "Fogelberg" in the search box above. (Not that there's anything wrong with that; it just may mean your rock days are over.) "Black Mold" roils and snaps with as much ferocity as anything from the trio's brilliant Orange or Extra Width albums, and by the time you get through the Stones-at-their-dirtiest second track, "Bag of Bones," you know the next 30 minutes will be seriously sweaty and possibly dangerous.

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Hello again, Old Friends!

This quote just about sums it up:

"...a Blues Explosion record in the purest sense, loaded front to back with fuzzed guitars, vocals doused in kitschy reverb, car-wreck drumming, and general musical weirdness. Like Howlin’ Wolf trying to teach Hendrix guitar on acid..."

The Blues Is #1

These guys fell off a little for their last few albums but sounds like they are back. This album has more of that "Orange" or "Now I Got Worry" sound. Not sure this album is a good as those albums but it does sound like they are back in classic form.

jsbe harder than b4

oh hell's yeaH..see this man live and you will be reborn! :)


Formed: 1990 in New York, NY

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

After a long and semi-successful tenure as leader of scuzz-rock heroes Pussy Galore, Jon Spencer shook up his anti-rock vision and hooked up with guitarist Judah Bauer and drummer Russell Simins to create the scuzz-blues trio the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion. Postmodern to the core, there was a genuine irony in the band's name; little of what they play resembles standard blues. There is, however, a blues feel to their sound, meaning that in many instances they appropriate aspects of the blues and...
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